Fear, Horror and Terror

Friday 9th September – Sunday 11th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Fear, Horror and Terror can be seen as the defining experiences and political tools of modernity, shaping public spaces, discourse, and popular culture. This is the era of the ‘War on Terror’, in which terror is politically, culturally, even racially defined. We are constantly confronted with, consuming, and discussing media images of horror, both fictional and factual. This year’s 10th interdisciplinary Fear, Horror and Terror conference explores the production and dissemination these concepts and experiences as a political, cultural, and media commodity.
Themes and related areas:
1) The production and dissemination of Fear, Horror and Terror: the relationship between images and experiences; the experiences and role of the witness; journalistic, political, and professional communications.
2) About Fear, Horror and Terror: narratives, definitions, interdisciplinary studies, cross cultural comparisons; embodiment and comparison with different emotions/experiences; constructions and deconstructions; theories, methods and philosophies
3) Contexts of Fear, Horror and Terror: case studies of cultural contexts; crime and punishment, discipline and order, control and power; professionals and the public e.g. therapists, clergy, lawyers, law enforcement, policy makers, human resources representatives, etc.
4) The experience of Fear, Horror and Terror: emotional responses; recreational or aesthetic approaches; the sensory experience; the unexpected absence/invisibility of fear horror and terror
5) Representations and mediations of Fear, Horror and Terror: images, cinema, television, theatre, the fourth estate and the creative arts; survival and/or horror video games; literature (including children’s stories, and graphic novels); documentary and ‘reality’ television; the internet, social media, and mobile communications
6) Physical manifestations of Fear, Horror and Terror: space, place, architecture and tools; ceremony, performance and ritual; war, militarisation, weapons, engineering and technology.
Further details and information can be found at the conference website:
What to Send:
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 15th April 2016. All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 29th April 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 5th August 2016.  Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Fear, Horror and Terror Abstract Submission
Organising Chairs:
Eva Gledhill: evagledhill@gmail.com
Rob Fisher: fht10@inter-disciplinary.net

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